Today's Sports

  • Lobos stop Wildcats Lobos stop...

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Elijah Brown scored 13 with nine rebounds and New Mexico held off a late charge from Abilene Christian to win 64-55 on Wednesday night.

    Obij Aget added 12 for the Lobos, including one stretch of the first half when he had a personal 7-0 run with three dunks, to help New Mexico (5-2) build a 31-24 lead.

    Jaren Lewis and Jalone Friday each had 16 for the Wildcats (3-3).

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Dec. 2...

    • NMHU women and men at Adams State, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., Alamosa, Colo.
    • Robertson boys (B,C) host RHS Invite, TBA, Mike Marr Gym
    • Robertson girls at Santa Fe Indian tournament, TBA, Santa Fe
    • Mora girls at Santa Rosa tourney, TBA, Santa Rosa
    • Valley Middle School girls vs. Cariños, 4 p.m., Valley gym
    • Pecos Middle School girls vs. Mora, 4 p.m., Pecos

    • NMHU women and men at Fort Lewis, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., Durango, Colo.
    • Robertson boys (B,C) host RHS Invite, TBA, Mike Marr Gym

  • Bears down

    That burning smell in the air? It wasn’t Hatch’s chile getting roasted on Saturday.

    Arjay Ortiz roasted Hatch Valley’s secondary for 301 passing yards — more than 200 of which came in the first half — and three touchdowns through the air in a 38-20 state semifinal triumph.

    As a result, the Class 4A defending state champions (9-3), the playoffs’ No. 5 seed, were eliminated, and the top-ranked and undefeated Robertson Cardinals (12-0) advanced to the state title game for the second year in a row.

  • Successful start - LV hoops...

    With a pair of double-digit wins in their own Brian Gallegos Memorial Thanksgiving Shootout, the West Las Vegas Dons pushed their record to 3-0 to open basketball season — and their pursuit of a third consecutive Class 4A state championship game.

    The Dons won 67-40 over Pecos — a talented bunch that had made it to the 3A semifinals this past March — on Saturday night at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    That game closed a two-day round-robin event that featured four boys’ and four girls’ teams.

  • Cowgirls foiled at Pan Am

    Ari Baca scored a team-high 11 points off the bench in a solid effort, but it was to no avail.

    Baca’s New Mexico Highlands women came out on the short end of a 94-37 score at NCAA Division I New Mexico State on Nov. 25 at the Pan Am Center in Las Cruces.

    The Aggies (4-2) shot 53 percent overall and made 10 of 16 shots from 3-point range, getting double-digit efforts from six players.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 30...

    • Pecos Middle School girls at Peñasco, 4 p.m., Peñasco
    • West Las Vegas Middle School hosts WLV Jamboree, 3 p.m., WLVMS gym

  • Saturday football: Cards earn...

    Robertson High School is back in the Class 4A state football championship game.

    The Cardinals ran their record to 12-0 by beating Hatch Valley 38-20 on a cool Saturday at Cardinal Stadium. The semifinal win is the first in the teams' last three meetings, including the 2015 state championship game last December in Hatch.

    Robertson, the No. 1 seed, will play at No. 2 Portales, a winner over No. 6 St. Mike's in the other semifinal.

    For more on the weekend in Las Vegas sports, check out the Optic print and online editions this week.

  • Ninjas runner-up in tourney

    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas' Meadow City Soccer Club entered  two teams to the 31st Annual Gaylord Sheppard Memorial Tournament in Bernalillo on the weekend of Nov. 11-12, and brought home some hardware for their efforts.

    Coached by Ian Williamson, the U10 Ninjas were led by Aaron Doss (12 goals) and Theo Williamson (six goals), and dominated most of their division, outscoring their competition 20-4.  

  • U.S. men: Klinsmann out, Arena...

    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — In a sign of just how much American soccer has grown up, U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann was fired after a pair of losses in the final round World Cup qualifying.

    Six days after a 4-0 loss at Costa Rica dropped the Americans to 0-2, Klinsmann was terminated after nearly 5 1/2 years during a meeting Monday at a Los Angeles hotel with U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati and Secretary General Dan Flynn.

  • And then there were 4

    Hatch Valley has won 23 of the last 25 football games it’s played the last two years and 32 of the last 38 dating back to the 2014 season.

    In that time, the Bears have hoisted a state championship trophy — and they’ve managed to eliminate Robertson from title contention not once but twice.

    The Cardinals — 11-0 and ranked No. 1 — thus may have extra incentive to beat their southern New Mexico rivals when the teams clash Saturday afternoon at Cardinal Stadium in a rematch of the 2015 Class 4A championship game.